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The new seasonal spawning closure was the result of a community consultation process.

Friday 1 June 2018

Peak pink snapper spawning closure for the Gascoyne

Fishers in the Gascoyne are reminded that a seasonal closure now applies to a pink snapper spawning area approximately 50 kilometres off the coast from Carnarvon. 

The area that surrounds northern Bernier Island and also Koks Island is closed to pink snapper fishing from 1 June to 31 August to assist with the recovery of oceanic stocks in an important spawning ground for the popular fish species.

It is now illegal to fish for pink snapper, or fish by line from a boat when pink snapper are onboard, in the closed area for the three month closed season.

While line fishing for other species is allowed, fishers must not have any pink snapper on board their vessels at the time.

However, pink snapper taken outside the closed area may be transported through, or be onboard a vessel seeking safe anchorage within the closed area, as long as no line fishing in undertaken.

Fisheries and Marine Officers will be checking vessels in the area at various times, to enforce the new regulations.

Fishers are encouraged to avoid interacting with pink snapper within the closure, as those caught in deep water may not survive and the stress from capture can impact spawning success.

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